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Your views: on factional feuding in Sturt, and the healing power of a hospital haircut

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Today, readers comment on the Liberal manoeuverings over who succeeds Christopher Pyne in Sturt, and the hospital relationship that bloomed over a trim.

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Forget factions and may the best candidate win

Commenting on the story: Lib stalwart warns factional opponents against Pyne succession “meddling”

I confirm I am running in the Sturt pre-selection.

I did not speak to a sitting member prior to making my decision to run for pre-selection. I was not asked by any member of parliament to run. This is not an internal factional fight.

I am an independent, professional woman who has made her own decision to be a candidate. I believe that everyone is entitled to have their position heard, we live in a democratic society.

This pre-selection is about retaining the seat of Sturt and it is up to the members to choose who they believe is the best Liberal candidate to oppose Cressida O’Hanlon. They are entitled to have a choice and make their own decision as they see fit.

I think it is fantastic that women are putting their hand up to run as candidates. The Liberal party should stand for diversity, debate and representation of the electorate in the true sense. – Joanna Andrew

In regard to the candidates who have nominated for the federal seat of Sturt, I am delighted that so many have made themselves available for the pre-selection process.

In saying that, I do find it is quite odd that the Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, has been so vocal in suggesting that more women should nominate for the position when he has no involvement in that electorate.

He has in fact even mentioned the names of women he considers worthy and capable of fulfilling that position.

I sincerely hope that the electoral college endorse the very best person available as the candidate for Sturt, whether that person be male or female. – Margaret Considine

Trish Worth’s comments border on bizarre.

Surely having a large number of talented people willing to throw their hat in the ring and work on behalf of the people of Sturt would be a good thing?

You might be forgiven for thinking that the moderate faction think they own Sturt. Perhaps googling the word democracy will help?

Rather than saying “get off my land”, they should have a more collegiate response to retaining Sturt as a Liberal seat, rather than risk losing it through the bitter spectacle of their factional  infighting.

I don’t see conservatives starting this! It almost seems that moderates like former PM Turnbull think that a Labor win is preferable to conservatives from their own party winning seats. This is nihilism at its destructive worst. – Andrew Weeks

A reminder of what’s important in life

Commenting on the story: More than a haircut: the simple human kindness that changes lives

What an inspiration Marcela is, inspiring us to get out there and push ourselves out of our comfort zones.

More importantly though, Marcela and Paul’s story reminds us that simple acts of human kindness, being grateful for what we have and sharing that with those less fortunate is truly what life is all about.

Thank you for sharing this story. – Kate Walkley

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